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ADHD in the News - February 28, 2013

A weekly news digest** from the National Resource Center on ADHD: A Program of CHADD

  1. Shared Genes May Link ADHD, Autism and Depression (U.S. News & World Report, February 28, 2013)

    "Autism, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), major depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia may all share common genetic risk factors, a new study says. In this largest study of its kind, researchers spotted gene variations governing brain function that may raise the risk for these often devastating mental woes. In the future, these gene variants might become key targets for prevention or treatment, the scientists said..." Full Story

  2. Revisiting ADHD (ADD) with Dr. Russel Barkley: Attention Deficit Disorder or "Executive Function Deficit Disorder" (National Geographic, February 24, 2013)

    "I talk to one of the world’s foremost experts on ADHD (ADD), Dr. Russel Barkley, about this cognitive disorder, which if anything may be mislabeled to the detriment of so many who suffer from the impairment—many of whom would be hard-pressed to consider this deficit a gift at all..." Full Story

  3. All joking aside: A personal story of Attention Deficit Disorder (The Collegian (U of Richmond), February 28, 2013)

    "The following argument was going on behind me at the library last night for about 10 minutes. Nobody won, but both participants succeeded at preventing each other from getting anything done. Their conversation made me think about how often I hear “ADD” used as an adjective. My friends say it, I’ve said it and I have even heard professors say it. We are all saying it, but is anyone really talking about it?..." Full Story

  4. Preventing Harm on All Fronts (CHADD Leadership Blog, February 25, 2013)

    "Guest blog by Ann Abramowitz, PhD, and Theresa E. Laurie Maitland, PhD. The tragic story of Richard Fee, as told by New York Times reporter Alan Schwarz, is one of the most disturbing pieces either of us has ever read. As the chair and co-chair, respectively, of CHADD’s Professional Advisory Board, we decided to share our own thoughts with the hope that we may enrich the discussion and help to prevent similar tragedies in the future..." Full Story

  5. Family of five learns to manage and thrive with ADHD (WXIA-TV Atlanta, February 27, 2013)

    "The Taylor-Klaus household is passionate..."Our life before we really understood all of this was pretty crazy," Elaine explained. In their Buckhead home, 11-year-old Josh, 15-year-old Sydney, who prefers to be called 'Syd', and their oldest sister, Bex, who has moved away from home, all have ADHD. "We're learned to manage our lives and understand the way we work and think," Elaine said..." Full Story

  6. The sting of stigma (News Transcript, February 27, 2012)

    "Expert: Mental illness is one of the last ‘acceptable’ forms of discrimination...Slover, diagnosed with bipolar II and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), is representative of the one in four people who have a mental health disorder...Combined with that torture was the pain of growing up with an abusive father who passed away when Slover was 9, a long road to getting the right treatment, and ongoing battles with the stigma that comes with being labeled mentally ill..." Full Story

  7. Long-Term Treatment for Adult ADHD (dailyRX News, February 21, 2013)

    "Adults with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are often prescribed medications to treat their condition. However, there hasn't been much research on the long-term outcomes of such treatment. So researchers recently surveyed a group of adults with ADHD about their treatment and ADHD symptoms. Results showed that adults ADHD patients who received drug treatment for more than two years had fewer symptoms and less psychological distress compared to those treated for two years or less..." Full Story

  8. How to Pick an ADHD Therapist Who’s Right for You (PsychCentral, February 23, 2013)

    "Medication is highly effective for treating ADHD. But it can’t teach you skills for living successfully with the disorder. And it can’t help you overcome common co-occurring concerns such as low self-esteem. That’s where psychotherapy comes in...But not all therapists are created equal. That’s why it’s important to do your research, and be selective. Below, two ADHD experts share their tips on finding a good clinician..."Full Story

  9. Today's ADHD Headline: Misleading Reports Lead to Confusion, Remain Widespread (Huffington Post, February 21, 2013)

    "The headline "ADHD Treatments Don't Reduce Symptoms in Most Children"...is also inaccurate and unfair to both parents and children. It's not what the related study meant to say. While there are many issues to sort out about accurate ADHD diagnosis and appropriate treatment, the endless stream of disturbing headlines about the disorder increases the burden on families working to live with it day to day..." Full Story

**Disclaimer: Neither CHADD, the National Resource Center on ADHD, nor the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorses, supports, represents or guarantees the truthfulness, accuracy, or reliability of any included articles nor endorses any opinions expressed in any articles included in ADHD in the News. CHADD and the National Resource Center on ADHD merely provide access to such content as a service to you.

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